For the past few years my son has been obsessed with ROYGBIV color order. I remember his Early Intervention Speech Pathologist gasping when he reorganized her colored cups in ROYGBIV order. “It’s not normal to do that,” she ominously informed me.
Internally, I rolled my eyes and speculated that her life must be insufferably boring. Organizing things by color is AWESOME!
As a child, I took a special delight in putting my crayons in order by color. I remember the day my mom bought me the big crayon set (96 colors!). I spent the afternoon blissfully arranging them before I would color with them.
Is that normal? Probably not. But organizing is fun and deeply satisfying for me. Check out our downstairs library. Three bookcases, all categorized by color. My jolly project makes my heart sing!
I embrace autism awareness because it acknowledges and celebrates the differences of autistics and others who think differently. Everybody is different at some level. Being more different does not mean “ruined” or “broken.” That idea promotes stigma and brings down everybody’s quality of life.
So, rejoice in your little (or big) bits of oddness. The diversity of humankind makes the world profoundly interesting and joyful.